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Spheres of Global Justice

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Immigration and Cultural Justice. A Reflection on Human Rights of “New Minorities”

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Abstract

European States have been constructed on the assumption that homogeneity of culture and identity is natural and desirable. At the same time, European policies on immigration show a disproportionate emphasis on border control and the regulation of foreign workers, with little emphasis on cultural and identity integration and accommodation. Migrations also suppose a change of the traditional social and economic relations of any society, including the situation and perceptions of traditional minorities. This demands a new conception of diversity management and the need to reread the contents and exercise of fundamental rights. Inclusive citizenship and Multicultural democracy must become the two guiding principles of such a polity redefinition. A real frame of human rights cannot be created without incorporating a reference to identity and a minority approach. Today, we need a new reading of human rights based on the ideas of inclusiveness and diversity. This includes those languages, religions or cultures that have become part of the European multicultural heritage as a consequence of recent population movements.